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Overthinking It

Overthinking It

Thinking way too hard about science and pop-culture

Science in Aggregate: Week 21

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I have dug through the Internet this week and uncovered all this geeky goodness. You can find the thousands of links from previous weeks here.

I have marked my favorite links with a ?. Enjoy.


? The wonderful continuation of the "If Vader was a good dad" series The Bobbit worm is beautiful, but also nightmare fuel, and probably the real animal analog for Tremors How your eyes track faces One of my favorite evolution diagrams. Radiant radiation Stephen Colbert nails our "Christian nation" That one time when a cicada was used to rob a restaurant ? Have you ever seen a Flamboyant Cuttlefish walk across the sea floor? It's weird/awesome Could the MythBusters Lift a Manhole Cover With an Indy Car? Awesome optical illusion for a green space in Paris How big is the biggest black hole? It should go without saying Woahdude, you're telling me we can see the orbitals of a hydrogen atom now? The GIF of all the Miguel Cabrera homers is mesmerizing The most clever national crossword was the day before the 1996 presidential election Obviously the best way to relight a candle. How it works. ? Any other geeks recognize the ship's core in Star Trek Into Darkness? It's the world's most powerful laser array: The National Ignition Facility! Engineer as we might, we are only a few extra molecules away from realizing that we merely endure nature Don't just be a Kirk or a Spock, embrace the information processing styles of both. Psychology! How do we find out if slugs can survive a trip through your gullet? Kill a dog! How do black holes die? With a burst and a whimper Killer whales punt dolphins into the air, like assholes, then eat them PSA: Whales are huge and they blow huge bubble rings. That is all. NASA's new view of the Ring nebula unleashes the Eye of Sauron ? Scour: Why Most Bridges Fail You: Nice fly face close-up! Science: We can always go closer! It's hard to see what planes do to the surrounding air, unless the air has mysterious red stuff in it. Vorticies FTW! XKCD has the right view on "Sticks and Stones" One of those videos where if you play guitar, it encourages you not to quit you day job. She didn't miss one note of Van Halen's "Eruption" Neil deGrasse Tyson on how Stak Trek admirably tries to get the physics right Have you ever looked at the grooves of a vinyl record up close? ? The honeycomb of bees who slurped on M&Ms A supercell storm GIFified. Fake but fun Largest LEGO model in history is a life-size X-Wing, obviously Science Communication Is About Knowing Who You're Talking To ? Fantastic longread to end your day: The Girl Who Turned to Bone Hell yeah Star Wars/Mass Effect crossover art Slo-mo footage of a pistol shrimp's strike? Yes please The Obesity Apologists. Nuanced piece on the ethics of fatness Getting To Know Your Inner Mushroom ? Need a smile? Watch how crazy-good chickens are at keeping their heads still Frozen methane bubbles in Abraham Lake, Canada are just another reason to relocate to the North Are Unvaccinated Kids Really Causing The Whooping Cough Resurgence? As always, it's complicated In case you were wondering: Why orange juice and toothpaste just don't mix You guys, latte foam art is nearing critical-mass good Watch this delightful video on how fast the Earth rotates. It's science communication that's actually funny XKCD on how to sound insightful about tech when you're not If you wish to draw a woman from scratch, you must first draw her skeleton ? Why Portland Is Wrong About Water Fluoridation "I think the fact that the posts do well means that others like to nerd-out too." I talk about how and why I write I'm glad someone finally figured out the Easter Island heads and Stonehenge ? Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracy Theories. Skeptics can't stress these points enough. A parasite has never been so beautiful. Featuring the awesome work of fellow Scientific American blogger Alex Wild Vital for arguing on the Internet: The Hierarchy of Disagreement If the Earth was a bowling ball, its finger holes would change your view of the moon I got smarter today, and I thank this video about dragonfly flight ? How humans handle "If" "Carl Sagan"--Neil deGrasse Tyson Completely accurate path diagrams for the Indiana Jones and Star Wars trilogies ? Lovely: The Universe in a Glass, a comic featuring Richard Feynman This model of the Enterprise is 0.0000088 meters long. Trek in Nanoness If space had a voice, what song would it sing? In case you didn't know, Alexander Semenov is the greatest underwater photographer ever ? Man vaporizes thousands of ants by pouring liquid aluminum down their homes. Worth it Making apparent 3D movement out of 2D. Your brain is funny like that It's safe to say that I had no chance of getting into Harvard in 1899 Watching this dinosaur ninja its way between these trees somehow makes the world a better place Where's the Transformer noise to go along with this amazing mimic octopus? What species of geek are you? I'm a few "Silk frost" is just lovely You know that dolphins can blow bubble rings, but did you know they are bubble ring *wizards*? The sun is a giant blueberry How many rubber bands can you put around a watermelon before it explodes? This many ? The Overwhelming Odds of Climate Change. A thought experiment shows the scientific consensus Everyone is saying how weird this centipede's legs look, but no one seems to notice the awesome handlebar mustache A GIF of the battle between a crazy coefficient of friction and the enormous torque put on drag racing tires ? A long read to challenge you tonight: The Case Against Empathy

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